Weather impacts Jayhawks at Minnesota Invitational

 WOODBURY, Minn. – The Kansas women’s golf team fought the weather and completed its first round and half of the second round of the Minnesota Invitational before play was suspended due to lightning on Monday at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota. The Jayhawks currently sit at 12th place on the leaderboard.

KU got off to a hot start, leading the way in first place through the first six holes with junior Yi-Tsen Chou paving the way for the Jayhawks while also in first place on the individual leaderboard.

Chou started on the back nine and recorded four birdies, including a pair of back-to-back on holes 16 and 17. She shot 1-under par 71 in the first round and is currently tied for eighth overall.

Yi-Tsen Chou top-10 graphic minnesota

"We got off to a great start our first nine and then didn’t handle the first weather delay as well as we are capable of doing. After the second delay everyone definitely did a better job of getting refocused and loosened up. It was a very long and challenging day to say the least, and a great learning opportunity for our younger players to learn how to handle adversity. "

Erin O'Neil, Head Coach

The Jayhawks battled adversity when they got hit with a 50-minute weather delay after the first six holes and were hit with another one shortly after the second round began. Play was suspended for the day after the third lightning delay, forcing the second round to resume tomorrow.

“Overall, we did a good job of staying patient with the weather conditions, focusing on what was in our control and maintaining a resilient mindset,” O’Neil said. “Tomorrow, I would like to see us continue to focus on taking things one step at a time, and to have the discipline to choose the shots that give us the best chance at making a par on as many holes as possible. It’s a much easier game when your aren’t trying to force things to happen. This course suits our games very well, we just have trust we have the tools to handle whatever may come our way.”

Prestwick Golf Club Minnesota

Round two will resume where it left off on Tuesday, September 10 at 10 a.m. and the tournament will be finished as a 36-hole event.

Fans can follow along throughout the tournament on the KU women’s golf social channels and via GolfStat.